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Systems Biology and Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Experience

A generous gift from Gideon Searle, a Vanderbilt alumnus, has made available a distinctive opportunity to explore science at one of its most promising and exciting frontiers - the intersection of systems biology and bioengineering!
The gift was made to support research in the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE), directed by Professor John Wikswo, with the aim of providing undergraduate students with mentored immersion experiences in advanced scientific investigation with some of the University's leading research and teaching faculty. The program is directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering, Christina (Chrissy) Marasco.
The SyBBURE-Searle Undergraduate Research Experience provides a culture of creativity, innovation and teamwork that serves to incubate the minds of the next generation of scientists, engineers, researchers and inventors.

What is SyBBURE to me?

"SyBBURE is a community of self-directed undergraduate researchers. More than working in a lab - it is the opportunity to investigate as a full-fledged scientist - come up with your own questions and find your own answers."
--Xavier Ryan
Biomedical Engineering'17

"SyBBURE means diving into discovery and adventure. SyBBURE gives students the opportunity to discover something revolutionary."
--Orlando Hoilett
Biomedical Engineering'14

"It's great preparation for graduate school where you spend several years working toward one goal."
--Brittany Rohrman BA'09

"SyBBURE gave me a broad, deep exposure to several research areas. That's uncommon for undergraduate research"
--Arunan Skandarajah, BE, MS'09

"Members of SyBBURE come from different science and engineering fields, so everyone brings unique insights to discussions. I was exposed to ideas that I otherwise would not have been if I had worked just in a physics group."
--Patrick Diggins BA'10

"It is rare to have such an opportunity during the undergraduate years, and I liked working as a team that capitalized on each person's training, skills, and insight."
--Laurel Black, BA'10


February 1, 2015 - Summer 2015 applications are now being accepted. The application deadline is March 1st. Our summer program will run from May 26 - July 31st. 

December 13, 2014 - Students present end of semester presentations detailing the research they have done during the Fall semester.

October 28, 2014 - Five SyBBURE students and one of the SyBBURE Fellows attended the annual BMES conference in San Antonio, TX to present prosters.